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    Rite Aid to deliver patient immunization record to providers

    All 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies will be able to deliver a notification of a patient's immunizations to the patient's healthcare provider through the use of secure electronic exchange, according to a press release from Surescripts.

    Using the Surescripts Network for Clinical Interoperability, pharmacists can improve direct delivery of immunization records between pharmacies and other healthcare providers through use of the Surescripts Physician Notification Letter (PNL) for Immunizations.

    "Pharmacists continue to play a critical role on a patient's healthcare team, said Harry Totonis, president and CEO, Surescripts in a press release. "The Physician Notification Letter for Immunizations is yet another step forward in our mission to enable more efficient care coordination and improved patient safety."

    In the near future, Rite Aid pharmacies will also be able to use the Surescripts network to send immunization reports to state and regional public health registries where there is a mandatory or voluntary reporting requirement.

    "Immunizations are an important part of preventive care and that’s why we've trained all Rite Aid pharmacists to be able to provide immunizations as allowed by the state. By working with Surescripts, we can improve and enhance the way we communication with other healthcare providers on our immunization services, ultimately leading to improved patient care and health outcomes," said Dan Miller, senior vice president of Pharmacy Operations for Rite Aid, in a press statement.

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